Amazon Studios, looking for its next batch of kid series, has ordered pilots of four animated shows — including one from Jim Henson Co. — plus two live-action pilots.
The animated pilots are “The Adventures of Knickerbock Teetertop,” “Lost in Oz” (pictured above), “Lily the Unicorn” (from the Jim Henson Co.) and “Bear in Underwear”; the live-action shows are “A History of Radness” and “The Kicks.”
The pilots, slated to debut this summer, will be available free for Amazon customers to view, rate and comment on; Amazon Studios will incorporate that feedback into which shows will be turned into full series for Prime members.
“These new pilots will bring sophisticated stories and unique points of view that we hope will resonate well with kids and families,” said Tara Sorensen, head of kids’ programming for Amazon Studios. The studio recently won five Daytime Emmy Awards for its original series, “Tumble Leaf.”
Amazon’s new kids pilots are:
- “The Adventures of Knickerbock Teetertop”: For preschool-aged kids, the show — created by brother-sister team Adam Wilson and Melanie Wilson LaBracio (“Marvel Universe Live,” “Evergone”) — is about the smallest kid on the enchanted Wonderpine Mountain who wants to be a big adventurer just like his grandpa. Show’s character design is by Rhode Montijo (“Melvin Beederman: Super Hero,” “The Halloween Kid”) and animated by Karrot Animation (“Sarah & Duck”).
- “Lost in Oz”: For children 6-11, animated show is set in a modern, metropolitan Emerald City in which 12-year-old Dorothy Gale befriends West, a young, street-smart witch grappling with dark temptations, and Ojo, a giant munchkin. Developed and produced by Bureau of Magic’s Darin Mark, Jared Mark, Abram Makowka, and Mark Warshaw (“East Los High,” “Smallville”); designed by Flaunt Productions (“Under Siege,” “Project Spark”); animated by Arc Productions (“9,” “Gnomeo & Juliet”); and scored by Adam Berry (“The Penguins of Madagascar”), with theme music by Mark Mothersbaugh (“The Lego Movie”).
- “Lily the Unicorn”: Aimed at kids 6-11, animated show revolves around Lily, a colorful and comical unicorn who leads her friends on fantastic adventures. Based on the children’s book by Dallas Clayton and produced by the Jim Henson Co. (“Dinosaur Train,” “Fraggle Rock”).
- “Bear in Underwear”: For children 6-11, animated show is based in Shady Glade Woods where Eddie Behr, an eternally optimistic, high-energy bear and his quirky group of animal friends and family reside. Based on the bestselling books by Todd Goldman and written by Goldman and Dave Schiff (“That ’70s Show,” “Robot and Monster”).
- “A History of Radness”: Live-action show for kids 6-11 about aspiring musicians in middle school forming their own band is written and executive produced by Andrew Green (“Hannah Montana”). Project is also exec produced by Skot Bright (“Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Running Down a Dream”) and will feature original music written by Hutch Harris of post-pop-punk group the Thermals with original score by James Iha (“The Smashing Pumpkins,” “A Perfect Circle”). Musician Henry Rollins (“Sons of Anarchy”) guest stars; Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds and Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino provide narration.
- “The Kicks”: Live-action series aimed at 6-11 age group is about Devin Burke, who was a star player on her soccer team back home until her family moved to California midway through the school year — and she must now lead the losing team to victory. Based on a book series by U.S. Olympic gold medalist and current U.S. Women’s National Team soccer player Alex Morgan and adapted by David Babcock (“Brothers & Sisters,” “Gilmore Girls”). Project is executive produced by Todd Cohen (“Kath & Kim”) and novelist James Frey and his company Full Fathom Five; directed by Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum (“Ramona & Beezus,” “Aquamarine”).